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Republican AGs group up ad buy to back George Brauchler

Author: Joey Bunch - July 17, 2018 - Updated: August 7, 2018

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The Republican Attorneys General Association upped its ad buy for George Brauchler Tuesday to $250,000, telling Colorado Politics, “This is just the beginning.”

That’s bad news for Phil Weiser, who spent heavily to ward off a Democratic primary challenge from state Rep. Joe Salazar, an underfunded underdog from Thornton.

RAGA released the ad, called “Protect,” immediately after the June 26 primary.

“Winning candidates have a compelling story to share and the experience to do the job,” Scott Will, RAGA’s executive director, told Colorado Politics. “RAGA is excited to share George Brauchler’s story with Coloradans, because as a career prosecutor, Colonel in the Army National Guard, and committed family man – George is a leader who can be trusted. George is a charismatic problem-solver who will complete the mission. He will keep Colorado communities safe.”

It’s clear the GOP plans to make much out of Brauchler’s experience as the district attorney for Arapahoe and surrounding counties. Brauchler successfully prosecuted Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, but failed to convince a jury to give Holmes the death penalty. Weiser is a former law school dean at the University of Colorado and has far less actual court room experience, Westword reported last month.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.